Com­edy ca­per on col­lege cam­pus

The Galloway News - - THE TICKET -

The Satur­day mati­nee at the Fullar­ton The­atre in Cas­tle Dou­glas is Sher­lock Gnomes (U) in which the great de­tec­tive comes to the aid of the gnomes when they are threat­ened by an evil force.

The evening choice is the com­edy Life of the Party (12A).

Melissa McCarthy plays a woman dumped by her hus­band who em­braces her free­dom and goes back to col­lege. The prob­lem is that she ends up in the same school as her daugh­ter, who is mor­ti­fied when she plunges into first-year life with all the par­ties and boys she can han­dle.

The live event on Tues­day is a new pro­duc­tion of the most fa­mous bal­let of all, Swan Lake from the Royal Opera House.

When the first film splat­tered the screen with blood and ex­ple­tives in 2016, Ryan Reynolds broke through the ‘fourth wall’ to en­gage with his au­di­ence and broke just about ev­ery Mar­vel Uni­verse rule book, re­vi­tal­is­ing the comic book cin­e­matic world.

Now he is back with Deadpool 2 (15) at New­ton Ste­wart Cin­ema from tomorrow with more of the same and much more.

When tragedy turns Wade Wil­son/ Deadpool into a re­venge-seeking mer­ce­nary, his metal friend Col­los­sus tries to get him into train­ing young fu­ture X-Men, in par­tic­u­lar the re­bel­lious teenager Rus­sell.

But a time-trav­el­ling mer­ce­nary, Ca­ble (Josh Brolin), turns up to kill Rus­sell be­fore he can kill his fam­ily in the fu­ture. This mix of the two comic book fran­chises leads to spec­tac­u­lar ac­tion se­quences and points to the fu­ture devel­op­ment of the new X-Men se­ries to come.

This one is wilder and more in­ven­tive than the first and Reynolds and Brolin end up as a com­edy dou­ble act. Stay for the end cred­its for some very funny extra scenes.

As a bonus on Satur­day and Sun­day, the Ja­panese an­i­mated film Mary and the Witches Flower (U) is based on the chil­dren’s book in which a lit­tle girl finds a flower that has mag­i­cal pow­ers, but only for one night. This is a lovely film for all the fam­ily.

At the Odeon in Dum­fries the show goes on with the re­turn of the di­nosaurs in Juras­sic World: Fallen King­dom (12A). Three years af­ter the dis­as­ter that closed the Juras­sic World theme park, the di­nosaurs have been free to roam at will.

But a vol­cano on the is­land is about to erupt and ex-man­ager Claire Dear­ing (Bryce Dal­las Howard) forms a di­nosaur res­cue oper­a­tion with the help of her part­ner Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and John Ham­mond’s for­mer part­ner Ben­jamin Lock­wood.

Her plan is to create a dino sanc­tu­ary but Lock­wood has plans to auc­tion the crea­tures for profit. So you could have your own pet T-Rex in the back gar­den.

Of course it all goes wrong when a hy­brid di­nosaur es­capes. This may all sound too con­trived to sustain a block­buster but it is the ac­tion that counts with Howard and Pratt in the thick of it and Brits Toby Jones and Rafe Spall adding to the cast.

But the real stars are the di­nosaurs. Week­end screen­ings are also in 3D.

At the Burns Cen­tre in Dum­fries, Fri­day and Satur­day are given over to the Dum­fries Stu­dent Film Fes­ti­val with work­shops and screen­ings of new films and an an­i­ma­tion com­pe­ti­tion plus a public screen­ing of New Talent Showreel on Satur­day.

Later on Satur­day and also next Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day, Edie (12A) is the heart-warm­ing story of an 83-year-old wi­dow, played by Sheila Hancock, who de­fies her fam­ily and climbs a Scot­tish moun­tain with the help of a lo­cal lad.

For her it is the adventure of a life­time and for him the for­ma­tion of a beau­ti­ful friend­ship.

On Tues­day, the cen­tre cel­e­brates the launch of the Event Cin­ema pro­gramme that will bring live events in opera and drama to the screen. It has been a long wait but now you can see the spec­tac­u­lar new Royal Bal­let pro­duc­tion of the Tchaikovsky bal­let Swan Lake at your lo­cal cin­ema.

This is a traditional pro­duc­tion fol­low­ing the 19th cen­tury chore­og­ra­phy, but with a new dra­matic in­ten­sity and su­perb danc­ing

Laughs Melissa McCarthy in the Life of the Party. Be­low, ac­tion in Deadpool 2

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